Fans of George R.R. Martin knows he writes frustrating slow, and have grown used to waiting for the latest installment in his Game of Thrones series of books. Now it seems like the HBO series is starting to follow the same mold.
Yesterday Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner revealed in an interview with Variety that the fantasy series wouldn’t be returning until 2019. While she wasn’t sure exactly when in 2019 that premiere would be, it had been widely expected to be the case. With the latest season having just premiered over the summer, which was later than the previous seasons, and the current season having to wait to start production until the snow started to fly this past October (winter has come after all), there really wasn’t a lot of hope that everything would be done in time for a 2018 launch. The production is expected to last until the summer of 2018 after all.
The final 6 episodes are said to be much longer than the previous episodes, even being rumoured to be around theatrical motion picture length. The final episode of season 7 saw the White Walkers make their way past the wall and begin marching south into Westeros. The conflict won’t just take place between the north and south though, but also between the different kingdoms.
While Game of Thrones has typically been the darling on the Emmy Awards, they were absent from this years show due to their summer start. Of course that means they should be up for more awards next year.